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Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Reading The Canopy Of Time by Brian Aldiss.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Reading Helliconia Summer by Brian Aldiss.

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Stab a Book, the Book Won’t Die — by Craig Mod

Craig compares and contrasts books to “attention monsters”:

That is, any app / service / publication whose business is predicated on keeping a consumer engaged and re-engaged for the benefit of the organization (often to the detriment of the mental and physical health of the user), dozens if not hundreds or thousands of times a day.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Reading 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal.

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Reading The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Reading Motherfoclóir: Dispatches From A Not So Dead Language by Darach O’Séaghdha.

Friday, September 27th, 2019

The Octopus: An Alien Among Us | Literary Hub

An excerpt from the book Rethinking Consciousness by Michael S. A. Graziano, which looks like an interesting companion piece to Peter Godfrey-Smith’s excellent Other Minds.

Also, can I just say how nice this reading experience is—the typography, the arresting image …I like it.

Reading Exhalation by Ted Chiang.

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Reading The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr.

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Reading The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie.

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Reading Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker.

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Reading Rosewater by Tade Thompson.

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover.

Books in the public domain, lovingly designed and typeset, available in multiple formats for free. Great works of fiction from Austen, Conrad, Stevenson, Wells, Hardy, Doyle, and Dickens, along with classics of non-fiction like Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Shackleton’s South!

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Reading I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong.

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Superhuman’s Superficial Privacy Fixes Do Not Prevent It From Spying on You » Mike Industries

Mike follows up on the changes made by email startup Superhuman after his initial post:

I will say this: if you were skeptical of Superhuman’s commitment to privacy and safety after reading the last article, you should probably be even more skeptical after these changes. The company’s efforts demonstrate a desire to tamp down liability and damage to their brand, but they do not show an understanding of the core problem: you should not build software that surreptitiously collects data on people in a way that would surprise and frighten them.

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Reading Sourdough by Robin Sloan.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Superhuman is Spying on You » Mike Industries

A really excellent analysis by Mike of a dark pattern in the Superhuman email app.

That’s right. A running log of every single time you have opened my email, including your location when you opened it. Before we continue, ask yourself if you expect this information to be collected on you and relayed back to your parent, your child, your spouse, your co-worker, a salesperson, an ex, a random stranger, or a stalker every time you read an email.

Exactly! This violates the principle of least surprise. Also, it’s just plain wrong.

Amazingly though, Mike has been getting pushback from guys on Twitter (and it’s always guys) who don’t think this is a big deal.

Anyway, read the whole thing—it’s fair, balanced, and really well written.

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Reading Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Reading Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor.